Industry Advisory Board
The primary objectives of the Industry Advisory Board of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech are to provide strategic guidance, advocacy, advancement, governance, and membership support to the MLSoC, ensuring that our school maintains a strong leadership position in construction education, research, and outreach.
As an integrated body of industry experts, the Industry Advisory Board synergistically collaborates with faculty, students, staff, and industry partners to shape the future of the construction industry.
Industry Executive Board Members
Bio ItemAaron Myers , bio
Board Chair, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; Executive Vice President of Operations, Allan Myers VA, Inc.
Bio ItemSteve Daves , bio
Chair-elect, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; Executive Chairman/Partner, R.W. Murray Co.
Bio ItemMark Hourigan , bio
Past Chair, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; Founder and CEO, Hourigan
Bio ItemJohn R. Lawson, II , bio
Co-Founder, MLSoC; Founder's Circle, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; Executive Chairman, W. M. Jordan Company, Inc.
Bio ItemRoss Myers , bio
Co-Founder, MLSoC; Founder's Circle, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; CEO, American Infrastructure
Bio ItemBrett Hitt , bio
Founder's Circle, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; Co-Chairman, HITT Contracting Inc.
Bio ItemPreston White , bio
Founder's Circle, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; CEO, Century Concrete
Bio ItemCory Curtin , bio
Alumni Committee Chair, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; General Manager, Allan Myers
Bio ItemPaul Carter , bio
Building Construction Committee Chair, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; Senior Vice President, Archer Western | a member of the Walsh Group
Bio ItemJoshua Zilke , bio
Construction Engineering and Management Chair, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; Vice President, Harkins Builders
Bio ItemBabur R. Mian , bio
Member-at-large, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; Founder, President & CEO, Terra Site Constructors, LLC
Bio ItemKyu Jung , bio
Member-at-large, MLSoC Industry Executive Board; President, Procon Consulting
About the Industry Advisory Board
Industry Executive Board
Our board consists of up to 12 members, with 30% possessing lifetime terms based on their cornerstone roles as founders or significant benefactors. The remainder of the Board shall be elected by the members of the Board including Chairs of the Build Construction, Construction Engineering and Management, and Alumni/Friends Committees.
Criteria for membership include career accomplishments and relationship with Virginia Tech/MLSoC with sensitivity to maintaining a diverse and inclusive committee.
The Industry Council is a broader group of School supporters who engage throughout the year (e.g. Capstone Presentations), and congregate twice per year to attend industry events and socials. By-laws do not govern their activities.
Academy of Distinguished Alumni and Friends
The Academy of Distinguished Alumni and Friends is comprised of elected individuals who have been deemed leaders of leaders and pillars of the Industry who may have provided extraordinary support for MLSoC.
Our Industry Executive Board oversees three main committees:
- Building Construction Committee: Supports the Building Construction degree program, ACCE Accreditation, and the BC Department.
- Construction Engineering and Management Committee: Supports the CEM undergraduate degree program, ABET (EAC+ANSAC) Accreditation, and VCEMP.
- Alumni/Friends Committee: Supports Virginia Tech alumni and friends working in the construction industry who wish to maintain a more engaged relationship with the School.
Each committee is led by a chair appointed by the MLSoC Industry Executive Board and a faculty co-chair. Each consists of members with noteworthy connections to the respective programs.
The Industry Executive Board meets periodically as needed, in addition to the larger industry and student-centric meetings held at the end of each semester. These larger meetings provide opportunities for the Industry Executive Board to engage with the Board and School.
Our Board operates under a set of By-Laws, which can be amended or adopted by a majority vote of the Board. These By-Laws outline the structure, functions, and responsibilities of the Board, as well as the governance and membership criteria.